Colour/ “Chroma” is an ongoing project which seeks to work with students, scientists and arts practitioners to explore the role of colour in sensory experience.
The project is inspired by Derek Jarman’s text Chroma: A Book of Colour – June ’93, a text responding to the author’s encroaching blindness due to AIDS related complications. A painter, film maker, writer and gay rights activist, Jarman’s exploration of colour touches upon history, literature, philosophy, psychology, religion, science, art, and personal memory. Diagnosed as HIV+ in 1986, Chroma was one of his last projects prior to his death in 1994.
There are three key strands to the Colour/”Chroma” project: the first, is to engage a wider audience with the themes and concepts of Art History and Visual Studies; the second, is to further explore the relationship between arts and science; and the third (via the other two strands) is to open up conversations about our understanding and perception of sensory impairment.
Brilliant, gorgeous, painted, gay,
Vivid, flaunting, tearaway,
Glowing, flaring, lurid, loud,
Screaming, Shrieking, marching, proud,
Mellow, matching, deep and sombre,
Pastel, sober, dead and dull,
Constant, colourful, chromatic,
Party-coloured and prismatic,
Tattooed, dyed, illuminated,
Daub and scumble, dip and dye,
High-keyed colour, colour lie.
[Derek Jarman, Chroma: A Book of Colour- June ’93]